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SubjectRe: [PATCH] af_unix: Add sockaddr length checks before accessing sa_family in bind and connect handlers
From: Mateusz Jurczyk <>
Date: Fri, 9 Jun 2017 13:15:40 +0200

> On Thu, Jun 8, 2017 at 10:04 PM, David Miller <> wrote:
>> From: Mateusz Jurczyk <>
>> Date: Thu, 8 Jun 2017 11:13:36 +0200
>>> Verify that the caller-provided sockaddr structure is large enough to
>>> contain the sa_family field, before accessing it in bind() and connect()
>>> handlers of the AF_UNIX socket. Since neither syscall enforces a minimum
>>> size of the corresponding memory region, very short sockaddrs (zero or
>>> one byte long) result in operating on uninitialized memory while
>>> referencing .sa_family.
>>> Signed-off-by: Mateusz Jurczyk <>
>> The sockaddr comes from a structure on the caller's kernel stack, even
>> if the user gives a smaller length, it is legal to access that memory.
> It is legal to access it, but since it's uninitialized kernel stack
> memory, the results of comparisons against AF_UNIX or AF_UNSPEC are
> indeterminate. In practice a user-mode program could likely use timing
> measurement to infer the evaluation of these comparisons, and hence
> determine if a garbage 16-bit variable on the kernel stack is equal to
> 0x0000 or 0x0001, or a garbage byte is equal to 0x00 (if the first
> byte is provided).
> This is of course not very bad. However, my project for finding use of
> uninitialized memory flagged it, and I thought it was worth fixing, at
> least to avoid having this construct detected in the future (e.g. by
> There are a few more instances of this behavior in other socket types,
> which I was going to report with separate patches. If you decide this
> kind of issues indeed deserves a fix, please let me know if further
> separate patches are the right approach.

Oh that's right, we don't zero initialize the on-stack object before
copying from userspace.

I'm going to apply this patch and please submit further changes fixing
bugs like this one.


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